Underbelly is a therapeutic movement and emotional processing experience that allows us to slow down, return to spaciousness, and intimately receive our lives. This “somatic meditation in motion” invites us into the questions, doing nothing, self-reflection, embodiment, subtle energy, listening, and returning to agency instead of being told what to do all the time. It allows us to feel our individuation and togetherness in a group field—to deepen our presence and attunement, to be witnessed, held, considered and noticed exactly as we are. Spend quality time with your body, breath and being while in an immersive aesthetic of light and sound. Voyage beneath the surface of our fast culture, and dive into a slow sanctuary for unearthing what is alive, tender, honest and real for you in every moment.
This experience is not a solution, method, workshop or teaching of tools. It is an intentional/invitational container for self-discovery, self-care, facilitated deep diving, awareness cultivation and spacious inquiry.
Music: beautiful, deep, experimental, film scores, lo-fi, sensual, live, nature sounds, emotional, ambient, soulful, and silent.
When/Where 2020: SAN FRANCISCO ~The Center SF: 2/15 (7-9:30p), 3/20 (7-9:30p). Ongoing schedule TBA ~The Grael: 2/28 (7-10p). Ongoing schedule TBA
EMERYVILLE ~Every Monday, 7:15-10PM @ Ellen Webb Studios No dance 5th Mondays
POP UP SESSIONS ~Posted on the Underbelly page events tab.
Who: For all those interested in embodiment, deepening awareness, authentic movement, emotional processing, meditation, and somatic practice (all dance/movement backgrounds welcome and no dance prerequisites necessary). No kiddos/minors please!
General Schedule: 7:00-7:45p: Self-arrival and grounding 7:45-8:30p: Facilitated opening 8:30-9:40p: Experimental Jam/Open Dance 9:40-10:00p: Facilitated closing **Once we start @7:45p, the container will close and no one else will be admitted. Special requests permitted, please communicate.
Admission: 1) Pay online to Eventbrite. 2) Venmo/paypal or cash at the door. 1 drop in dance: $25 Dance Packs: Pay cash or Venmo/paypal at the door. 4 dances: $88 8 dances: $160 12 dances: $216 *no expiration, no refunds, not usable at pop ups or living room sessions
Logistics and what to bring: ~Come on time, we want to open and close the container together. ~Bring your own water/water bottle, journal/pen + self-care necessities. ~Wear comfortable clothing to move in and bring layers just in case you feel chilly or spend time on the ground ~We will keep a lost and found. ~If you have feedback/concerns/questions, please message the organizers directly through the Underbelly page. ~You are invited to turn your phone off or on airplane mode to minimize EMF interference to the space and our bodies.
Insights/Inquiries: What happens when you give yourself time/space to intentionally slow your internal pace? ~Illumining your true yes and no. ~Inviting agenda-less human contact with a focus on care: nurturance, presence, reverence and appreciation. ~Releasing pre-conceived notions of dance, body stereotypes, technicality, method, and choreography. ~Sitting with restlessness, boredom, irritation, and doing nothing. ~Unwinding habituated movement and momentum, unconscious tension, patterns of immediacy and conditioned identity. ~Heightening tactile, kinesthetic, sensory, and energetic faculties. ~Accessing emotional, somatic, sensuous, and subtle/micro inner landscapes. ~Playing with thresholds of vulnerability: witnessing and being witnessed in the hard/honest things. ~Navigating moment to moment experiencing with curiosity vs. controlling or directing outcomes. ~Asking questions vs. expecting answers. Allowing vs. fixing. ~Feeling into honest/attuned movement vs. socially contrived movement. ~Unlocking permission to feel and express what is truthfully arising, oscillating, present, alive, real and raw. ~Unwinding the nervous system to restore grounding, receptiveness, listening and balance. ~Rooting into a loving/attentive/empowered relationship with the mind, body, heart, and spirit. ~Becoming intimate with the realms of tenderness, intensity, discomfort and paradox. ~Refining the borders of responsibility vs. projection. ~Examining interpersonal/transpersonal realms of relating. ~Moving from your truth, emotion, feeling, power, and enough-ness. ~Deriving power/choice internally vs. externally ~Inviting pauses/rest and noticing the space between action/movement. ~Attuning the body’s energetic field to the slower biorhythms of the planet: more BE-ing, less doing.
Underbelly Experience Features: ~Opening/Closing together ~Facilitated initiation into the dance ~Pre-curated playlists/soundscapes ranging from beautiful, sensual and emotionally evoking to ambient, soulful, chillhop and downtempo. No live DJ or front of the room. ~Occasional interwoven live musical guests/sound immersion/silence ~Witnessing: Intentional energy dedicated to vulnerability- meditate and actively witness the dance floor + allow fellow dancers to be witnessed. ~Floor: Intentional energy dedicated to grounding-floor movement, stretching, rolling, laying, resting, presencing, and anchoring.
Code of Conduct: ~Liability waiver and agreement must be signed before participation in the event. ~While you are allowed to feel everything and express sensuality, this container is not for acting on erotic or sexual energy. Please treat his with care, discernment and integrity. ~No talking/chit chat on the dance floor. However consent-based/intentional communication (both verbal and non-verbal) is encouraged, but please keep it minimal or quietly take it off the main floor. ~Report all/any inappropriate behavior to the Underbelly staff. Failure to respect the space/others will result in immediate dismissal from the event. ~This is a sacred/safe space, please be sensitive/respectful/responsible. ~Please wear movement appropriate clothing and take shoes off on the dance floor. ~This is a substance free space. ~Please refrain from wearing heavy scents/fragrance. ~Please keep all food and liquids off the main floor space. ~Please keep valuables at home, we are not liable for your things and will not have a coat check. ~You are always responsible for your energy and choices.
About the Creator: Amy Rogg is an activator and nurturer of the human spirit. She is also the creator and facilitator of Underbelly: Discover Your Slow Dance. Amy permissions people out of limitation and into greater vulnerability and authenticity by awakening pathways of intimate awareness, attunement, and subtle energy. She anchors people into their emotional inner world and intuitive body wisdom by slowing down, making space and embodying what's truly real in every moment. Amy has a B.A. in television/film production and is a Los Angeles trained actor. She has also taught yoga (E-RYT 500) and somatic movement for the past decade. She weaves these modalities together creating portals for alchemical-emotional processes and cultural/relational evolution. Her greatest movement practices/inspirations: GAGA, Contact Improvisation, Anna Halprin, Stefana Serefina, Qi Gong, Yoga, Open Floor, Ecstatic Dance, Dancing Freedom, 5 Rhythms, Soul Motion, Micro Fusion, all things Somatic, and romantic relationships.